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Power cuts to take care of water scarcity: Mayor

MAYOR DR Uma Shashi Sharma today announced that the MP Western Region Power Distribution Company had agreed to waive compensation for revenue losses paving the way for power cuts during water supply hours. With the DISCOM giving the go-ahead power cuts would begin shortly probably within a week, said the Mayor.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2006 13:40 IST

MAYOR DR Uma Shashi Sharma today announced that the MP Western Region Power Distribution Company had agreed to waive compensation for revenue losses paving the way for power cuts during water supply hours. With the DISCOM giving the go-ahead power cuts would begin shortly probably within a week, said the Mayor.

Electricity would be switched off for a total of 23 and a half hours per month and the cuts in a particular locality would be in sync with supply timings in that area, she added. “Western DISSCOM CMD Pramod Aggarwal has agreed not to demand compensation provided the cuts do not exceed the period stipulated by the MP Electricity Regulatory Commission,” said Dr Sharma.

Combined with the 7 MGD (million gallons daily) of Narmada water that the group water hydrant scheme had helped conserve, the cuts would go a long way in alleviating water shortage, she added. The Mayor was addressing newsmen at a meet to unveil details of the ward-wise sanitation campaign titled ‘Health Department at Your Door’, at the mayoral conference hall on Saturday.

Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma, Mayor-in-Council member in-charge of Health Department Rajendra Rathore and Chief Medical Health officer Dr A K Puranik were also present on the occasion. The Mayor disclosed that joint teams of Health, Drainage, Waterworks and Removal Department staffers had been assigned to redress grievances related to sanitation, water and drainage.

Giving details of the special sanitation campaign, the Mayor said a 50-member Health Department gang would be put in place to clean main routes, bank lines as well as empty plots and divest these of garbage and waste. Two wards in different zones would be covered under the campaign and each gang would be provided with one JCB machine and two dumpers apiece.

Dr Sharma informed that the Corporation had embarked on a pre-monsoon nullah and storm-water drain-cleaning programme to prevent a repetition of last year’s events when clogged drains had resulted in the City being flooded after unusually heavy rains.

“The task of cleaning five large nullahs has been awarded to private contractors at a cost of Rs 10 lakh, while the Health Department will oversee cleaning and unclogging of nine smaller drains,” she added.

Disclosing details of the Rs 1.28 crore group hydrant scheme the Mayor said the move had helped save precious Narmada water. Unlike in the past when they were fed by Narmada overhead tanks, water tankers are now being filled from 24 hydrants fed by 74 new handpumps and 12 new sump tanks, each with a capacity of one-lakh litres.

This has greatly reduced the burden on Narmada. Currently 800 tankers, or 96 lakh litres of water, are being filled through the hydrants and the figure is likely to touch 1100 shortly.

The Mayor also announced during the press meet that alternative arrangements would be made for localities that had reported contaminated water supply.

Dr Sharma said tankers would be pressed into service to supply water to the dozen-odd colonies where seepage from sewerage lines had made water undrinkable.

A special team headed by Additional Municipal Commissioner K R Jain has been formed to monitor amounts of water supplied to and distributed from overhead tanks of the Narmada project.

Earlier MiC member in-charge of Health Department Rajendra Rathore disclosed that the Corporation had mapped out a comprehensive drainage and water supply line cleaning and leak detection strategy.

He informed that a 15-member squad had been constituted to repair drainage lines while eight-member teams had been put in place to plug leaks in water supply mains in each zone.

City Engineer (waterworks) J P Pathak has been assigned charge of the campaign, which will also include heads of all municipal zones. The zonal heads have been directed to carry out inspection tours to review drainage line cleaning and leak detection everyday at 8 am along with area corporators. The reports, he added, will be submitted to City Engineer at IMC headquarters by the same evening.

Warning to water bill defaulters
THE IMC has served notices to Dewas Municipal Corporation (DMC) and Rau Nagar Panchayat, among others, warning that water supply would be cut off if they did not clear outstanding bills.

The cash-starved civic body is owed nearly Rs 2.70 crore in unpaid water bills by defaulters, chief among which are DMC (Rs 90 lakh), Gali Palasia village Panchayat (Rs 80.85 lakh), Kodaria village Panchayat (Rs 87.33 lakh), Rau Nagar Panchayat (Rs 90.31 lakh).

Faced with a water scarcity of its own, the IMC has now decided to take a hard line against the defaulters declaring that they will not receive water if the dues are not cleared soon.

No power, no water
SCORES OF residents in areas with no access to piped supply were forced to go waterless after a power shutdown at Khatiwala and Bhangarh hydrants prevented tankers from being filled.

According to reports received at the IMC Control Room, power supply to the two hydrant sites was cut off at 7.30 am and did not resume until evening. Irate residents claimed that this was the third time in a fortnight that power cuts had deprived them of water. Western Region Power Distribution Company officials were unavailable for comment.

Meanwhile, thousands of gallons of water were wasted as a supply line at Clerk Colony was damaged during the construction of a cement concrete road in the area. Although supply to the line was cut off to save water IMC staffers were still trying to rectify the leak at the time of going to press.

First Published: Apr 23, 2006 13:40 IST